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The King's Singers will perform at annual Christmas concerts.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has announced the King's Singers will be the guest performers at this year's Christmas concerts in December in the LDS Conference Center.

The concerts will mark the fourth time the King's Singers have performed with the choir. The most recent was for "Music and the Spoken Word" in February 2006.

"We are absolutely delighted to welcome back our dear friends, the King's Singers, as our guests for Christmas this year," Mormon Tabernacle Choir music director Craig Jessop said in a news release Friday. "They are consummate musicians who can perform everything from classical to contemporary and in between. Plus they have a flair for comedy which should make this Christmas concert one of our most fun and festive ever."

The group has also performed locally with the Utah Symphony.

The London-based King's Singers formed as the Choral Scholars at King's College in Cambridge in 1968. The six vocalists soon found themselves singing all over the country and eventually all over the world. The current line-up features David Hurley, Robin Tyson, Paul Phoenix, Philip Lawson, Christopher Gabbitas and Stephen Connolly.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas concerts will also feature the Orchestra at Temple Square and will run Thursday, Dec. 13, through Saturday, Dec. 15, in the Conference Center at 7:30 each night. The choir and singers will also perform on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 9:30 a.m. for the "Music and the Spoken Word" broadcast.

Jessop and Mack Wilberg will conduct the choir, orchestra and singers. Organists John Longhurst, Clay Christiansen, Richard Elliott and Andrew Unsworth will also perform. Choreography will be done by Carol N. Iwasaki, chairwoman of the University of Utah's ballet department.

The concerts are free but tickets are required, available through a random-selection process. People interested in attending should register by logging on to www.lds.org/events starting Monday, Oct. 22. The registration runs through Sunday, Nov. 11. Registration can also be done over the phone (570-0080 or 866-537-8457). Only one registration per household will be accepted, and the maximum number of tickets per request is eight.

Tickets will be mailed to those selected shortly after the registration process closes; those who are not selected to receive tickets will be notified by e-mail.

Standby tickets will not be issued, but there will be last-minute seating announcements before each performance and the Sunday broadcast. Standby lines will form at the North Gate on Temple Square at 6 p.m. for the evening performances and 7:30 a.m. for the Sunday broadcast.